Announcing the launch of the Journal of Numerical Cognition

A warm welcome from the Journal of Numerical Cognition, which is now open for submissions.

You might be asking yourself: why is there a need for (yet another) new journal? Despite the number of current publication outlets that already exist, and the uncertain reputation / status of some new ventures, we believe the Journal of Numerical Cognition (JNC) represents an exciting new development. We think this because:

1.  JNC offers an unusual but important combination of journal features. First, it is a fully open access journal, and second it does not charge author fees (Article Processing Charges). To emphasise the latter point: fees are not simply being waived for an initial period. Rather, JNC is based on a publishing model that not does not impose author fees. This open journal configuration facilitates exchange between scholars, independent of institutional subscriptions or research funds for publication  – see this short video
about the need for open access. This also means that JNC is equally accessible to practitioners and the wider community;

2. There is no existing journal with a specific focus on numerical cognition, including mathematical cognition. Whilst there are several successful journals that provide a focus for research into for example reading, writing, and disorders of reading, we have until now lacked a corresponding venue for the discussion of research into branches of number and mathematics. JNC aims to provide the natural environment to support and discuss the most important ideas in the field;

3.  JNC expects to build a reputation rapidly for publishing high quality research and ideas. We believe that work published in the journal will be important and influential. JNC also attempts to broaden scholarly exchange beyond a specific geographical region. This is reflected in the status of our Editorial Team:;

4.  JNC has been sponsored by the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, and because there are no author fees, the journal is free from pressure to publish articles that bring in revenue. It can focus of the quality of the work that is submitted. In the longer term, it is intended that JNC will become affiliated to a professional Society that encourages and supports mathematical research, which at the time of writing is under development. This places the journal firmly in the community of researchers and users of knowledge;

5.  The journal welcome submissions that come from a wide variety of different methodological, and theoretical traditions. Numerical cognition is a subject that transcends subject boundaries, being of interest to psychologists, neuroscientists, educational researchers, anthropologists, etc. JNC provides a platform from which to see and understand a broad range of research questions that address our knowledge about the field;

6.  JNC provides the space that is needed for in-depth theoretical arguments and thorough documentation of methods and procedures, which is not possible in the increasingly shorter formats of journals. Brief reports are certainly welcome, and concision of expression is important, but the journal and its contents are not constrained by the number of pages available for a paper print run;

7. The journal is published by Psychopen, an online psychology publishing press, and joins its portfolio of existing, successful journals. The experience and support of Psychopen will help to make the journal a sustainable success. Moreover, authors do not transfer or assign copyright to the publishers as part of the publication process.

Please have a look at the description of the journal, its scope and policies
We expect that the journal will have its first issue in 2015. We look forward to your contributions!

John Towse, Editor